Founder and Managing Editor
The Question we’ve all been asked a hundred times, Is Gary Johnson Libertarian enough? Or is he even a Libertarian at all? There are those among our ranks, within The Libertarian Party, and especially some of the leaders of the liberty movement. Time and time again, there’s criticism about whether or not Gary Johnson is enough of a libertarian that he’s deserving of our vote.
But this begs another question, what exactly is libertarian enough? Is Bill Weld enough of a Libertarian? is Gary Johnson? Larry Sharpe? Austin Petersen? Was Doctor Feldman? Among our ranks there are those who would decry Rothbard as ‘Libertarian Lite’ and claim he didn’t want to go far enough with his policies if he were to speak to us today.
If there’s anything Libertarians can agree on, is the direction of the train we want to ride. We can agree on True North, but not on how many stops we need to ride before we get to Galt’s Gulch. We’re all on a train, heading true north, the direction we’re agreed upon, but among Libertarians, there is disagreement about exactly which stop is Galt’s Gulch. Some of us believe it’s a long trip, requiring many stops along the way, to pick up new passengers and refuel the train, but others, the radicals among us, demand only an express line, which not even Rearden’s Metal could support the weight of.
Sure, an express trip to a Libertarian paradise would be nice, but is it feasible? With only those willing to board the train at this moment, we’d never sell enough tickets to fuel the train for the trip. However, if we’re willing to take it stop by stop, and perhaps take on some passengers who want to get off in the next few stops, we might have the chance to move the train forward. And who knows, at the next few stops, there might even be some new people wanting to get on the train for the rest of the trip. Now it might take a good deal longer than the Express, but it’ll get us where we want to go nonetheless.
Now, I’ll get off my 350 word Atlas Shrugged analogy, tip my hat to Ayn Rand, and get back to the point I was originally trying to make. Is Gary Johnson Libertarian enough? The real question is, are you? Are you the kind of Libertarian who’s willing to sit at the platform and wait for the express train, while the world around you descends into an authoritarian nightmare? Or are you the kind of Libertarian who doesn’t want to waste time in getting the train moving, before the Government takes away the tracks.
Gary Johnson may not be perfect, heck, there’s a handful of things he says that even I disagree with. But through it all, the fact remains that Gary Johnson’s “Libertarian Lite” candidacy that is alienating so many “Purist Libertarians” is the catalyst that we need to make sure the train starts moving now, or at least let us lay the tracks.
The question isn’t whether or not Gary Johnson is enough of a Libertarian to support, the Question, is whether or not you’re enough of a Libertarian to support Gary Johnson.
Your’s in Liberty,